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Genesis 7

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The Flood Begins
1Then the Lord said to Noah, “I have seen that you are the best person among the people of this time, so you and your family can go into the boat. 2Take with you seven pairs, each male with its female, of every kind of clean animal, and take one pair, each male with its female, of every kind of unclean animal. 3Take seven pairs of all the birds of the sky, each male with its female. This will allow all these animals to continue living on the earth after the flood. 4Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth. It will rain forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe off from the earth every living thing that I have made.”
5Noah did everything the Lord commanded him.
6Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came. 7He and his wife and his sons and their wives went into the boat to escape the waters of the flood. 8The clean animals, the unclean animals, the birds, and everything that crawls on the ground 9came to Noah. They went into the boat in groups of two, male and female, just as God had commanded Noah. 10Seven days later the flood started.
11When Noah was six hundred years old, the flood started. On the seventeenth day of the second month of that year the underground springs split open, and the clouds in the sky poured out rain. 12The rain fell on the earth for forty days and forty nights.
13On that same day Noah and his wife, his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives went into the boat. 14They had every kind of wild and tame animal, every kind of animal that crawls on the earth, and every kind of bird. 15Every creature that had the breath of life came to Noah in the boat in groups of two. 16One male and one female of every living thing came, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.
17Water flooded the earth for forty days, and as it rose it lifted the boat off the ground. 18The water continued to rise, and the boat floated on it above the earth. 19The water rose so much that even the highest mountains under the sky were covered by it. 20It continued to rise until it was more than twenty feet above the mountains.
21All living things that moved on the earth died. This included all the birds, tame animals, wild animals, and creatures that swarm on the earth, as well as all human beings. 22So everything on dry land that had the breath of life in it died. 23God destroyed from the earth every living thing that was on the land—every man, animal, crawling thing, and bird of the sky. All that was left was Noah and what was with him in the boat. 24And the waters continued to cover the earth for one hundred fifty days.
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Chapter 7
God destroys people and animals
1Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the boat. Take your wife and family with you. I can see that you alone do what is right, among all the people on the earth.
2Take 7 of every different kind of clean animal. Take a male and a female together. Take 2 of every different kind of dirty animal. Take a male and a female together. 3Take 7 of every kind of bird. Take males and females. Do this so that they will have young ones. Then each different kind of animal and bird will continue to live on the earth. #7:3 Clean animals are the kinds of animal that God accepts as a sacrifice. Dirty animals are those that God does not accept. God told Noah to take more clean animals so that Noah could offer sacrifices to God. There would still be animals that remained to have young ones.
4In 7 days, I will cause rain to fall on the earth. It will rain for 40 days and 40 nights. In that way, I will destroy every living thing that I have made on the earth.’
5Noah did everything that God told him to do.
6Noah was 600 years old when the deep water covered the earth. 7Noah and his wife went into the boat. His sons and their wives also went in. They all went into the boat to be safe from the deep water. 8Pairs of clean animals and dirty animals came to Noah in the boat. Also, pairs of birds and pairs of all the living things that move across the ground came to him. 9Each pair was one male and one female. They all came to Noah in the boat. #7:9 God told the animals to go to Noah. Noah and his family obeyed God. God kept them all safe. Everything happened as God had said to Noah. 10After seven days had passed, God sent the deep water to cover the earth.
11When Noah was 600 years old, on the 17th day of the second month, streams of water came up everywhere from below the earth. Also, the water in the heavens poured down on the earth. 12Rain fell on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.
13On the day that the rains began, Noah and his wife went into the boat. Noah's 3 sons (Shem, Ham and Japheth) and their 3 wives also went in. 14With them was every different kind of wild animal and every different kind of farm animal. They also had with them every kind of living thing that moves along the ground, and every different kind of bird and other flying things. 15Pairs of every kind of animal that lived came to Noah and went into the boat. #7:15 The things that lived in the sea were safe in the deep water. See Genesis 1:21-25. 16Each pair was one male and one female. This happened in the way that God had told Noah. When they were all in the boat, the Lord shut the door.
17For 40 days, the water on the earth became deeper. The water lifted the boat high above the ground.
18The water became even deeper and completely covered the earth. The boat went safely on top of the water. 19More water came until it covered all the high mountains on the earth. 20The water still became deeper so that it was more than 6 metres higher than the tops of the mountains.
21As a result, everything that had lived on the earth now died. The birds, the livestock and the wild animals died. Every living thing that moved across the ground died, and so did all the people. 22Everything that had lived on the dry land died. Nothing could breathe any more. 23God destroyed everything that lived on the earth. He destroyed people, animals, living things that move across the ground, and birds. God removed them from the earth. Only Noah and his family, together with the animals that were in the boat, stayed alive.
24The deep water covered the earth for 150 days.